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Positive signs for Overseal pub as closure fears are eased

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: August 27, 2014

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THE future looks to have been secured for a pub where a huge protest was held over speculation it was set to close – for the short term at least.

Dozens of people made their feelings known outside the Robin Hood, in Overseal, last month, with thousands more adding their names to a petition, after doubts surfaced over the future of the 300-year-old venue.

But following talks with property firm New River, which acquired the pub from Marston's last year, tenants Steve and Ruth Lewis are satisfied the Burton Road hostelry is safe for the immediate future.

New River told the Mail in July that it was reviewing its properties, but had not made any firm decisions.

Mr Lewis said: "We spoke with the project manager from New River and it was a really good conversation. We told him it was such a viable business and he said at the moment there was no intention to do anything."

Mr Lewis said he and his wife had been overwhelmed by the level of support from people in the area.

He said: "We have had more than 3,000 signatures now. It's amazing and people have come from all areas – some are not even from the village."

A New River spokesman previously told the Mail: "A review of all the properties in the portfolio is currently under way and there are no firm plans at present for the Robin Hood. As and when the position becomes clearer, New River will be consulting with individual tenants."

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